I had the opportunity to ask Rachel Quiner some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Rachel is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was two years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dancing at American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School in the Pre-Professional Division
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for 7 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear the Grishko Nova pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My older sisters all did ballet and I just followed in their footsteps
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love the Esmerelda variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for American Ballet Theatre or New York City Ballet.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I absolutely loved getting to perform Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes for 4 years
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Tiler Peck & Isabella Boylston are my current inspirations
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
My teacher once said “Dance Every Combination like you’re doing Dew Drop” (one of my favorite roles)
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Work your hardest every second and believe in yourself.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Performing in front of a live audience
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Striving for perfection when no one is perfect
Q14: It seems like such hard work, did you ever have days growing up where you were like “ugh maybe I’ll just pick an easier career so I can be like a normal teenager”?
Definitely! But you have to remember why you love dance
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I’ve never had a major injury, but as a dancer you always have little injurys here and there
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love vlogging for our YouTube Channel and baking.